Physically, Mentally Frail Assange Suffers "Vicious Travesty Of Justice" In Latest Court Appearance | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Physically, Mentally Frail Assange Suffers "Vicious Travesty Of Justice" In Latest Court Appearance

Authored by Craig Murray,

I was deeply shaken while witnessing yesterday’s events in Westminster Magistrates Court. Every decision was railroaded through over the scarcely heard arguments and objections of Assange’s legal team, by a magistrate who barely pretended to be listening.

Before I get on to the blatant lack of fair process, the first thing I must note was Julian’s condition. I was badly shocked by just how much weight my friend has lost, by the speed his hair has receded and by the appearance of premature and vastly accelerated ageing. He has a pronounced limp I have never seen before. Since his arrest he has lost over 15 kg in weight.

But his physical appearance was not as shocking as his mental deterioration. When asked to give his name and date of birth, he struggled visibly over several seconds to recall both. I will come to the important content of his statement at the end of proceedings in due course, but his difficulty in making it was very evident; it was a real struggle for him to articulate the words and focus his train of thought.

Until yesterday I had always been quietly sceptical of those who claimed that Julian’s treatment amounted to torture – even of Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture – and sceptical of those who suggested he may be subject to debilitating drug treatments. But having attended the trials in Uzbekistan of several victims of extreme torture, and having worked with survivors from Sierra Leone and elsewhere, I can tell you that yesterday changed my mind entirely and Julian exhibited exactly the symptoms of a torture victim brought blinking into the light, particularly in terms of disorientation, confusion, and the real struggle to assert free will through the fog of learned helplessness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Learned Helplessness"; wasn't this taught to the alleged interrogators for the "grand inquisitions" at Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, simply to get the tortured to commit through confessions, things they had never actually done?!?

And have these practices not also been defined as "war crimes"?!?

And THIS... from the country which gave the world the Magna Carta?!?

To Queen Elizabeth II; Your Majesty, this ... is by far, magnitudes worse than any behaviour in which your extended family may, or may not, possibly have participated; and I suggest that your turn your gaze elsewhere.

And I would, as someone with a very British heritage (the names of Rawson and Yarbrough are names in my Mom's side of the family) very politely summon the heads of MI5 and MI6 to Buckingham palace, to explain to you, the titular royal head of a country which, theoretically, believes in Freedom of Expression, just what the HELL they have done with Assange, and when can you, and the country, please, expect this to stop?!?

The application of torture to a person who amounts to a political prisoner, I believe is not legal in the UK, right?!?

IF in fact Craig Murray is correct in his assessment, it appears that the UK has been complicit in war crimes; one does not know about the range of psychological torture Assange has endured; but right now, I would almost be willing to bet it has been chemical as well. He might be quietly pronounced as having cancer, and assassinated to insure he can never stand trial in the US.

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